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Mariah Carey

$18 MILLION

for One Year

7/23/2012 4:45 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Mariah Carey just became the HIGHEST PAID JUDGE in reality television ... because her one-year deal with "American Idol" is worth close to $18 MILLION ... this according to sources connected to "Idol."

Carey's deal dwarfs the contract Jennifer Lopez signed when she joined the judge's table -- J.Lo only scored a measly $12 mil for her first year on the show.

Carey also blows past Britney Spears ... who's making $15 million on "X Factor."

Somewhere ... Nick Cannon is smiling.

Mariah has since tweeted about joining the show ... saying, "It's gonna be so much fun working on American Idol. As a singer-songwriter, I'm excited to help find and nurture new talent. LYM! – MC”

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Larry    

Pay her a trillion. I still won't watch it. Format is old & tired.

760 days ago
32.

cancelledaccount    

Not worth it. She doesn't care about anyone but herself. Terrible choice.

760 days ago
33.

EatMe    

What a waste of cash on a has been, boring, self-indulgent cow. They need to move past people who hit it big 20+ years ago and bring in someone that our moms don't still listen to. Who next? one of the NKOTB?

760 days ago
34.

EatMe    

If it is sporting grey pubes, we don't want to see it judging AI

760 days ago
35.

KPCATZ    

That's too bad....I'm done with AI ..........

760 days ago
36.

moso    

She is the most stuck up celebrity out there. At least that is how she portrays herself to be. I guess no one else was available and they had to settle! They will regret this season with her Diva Demands!!

760 days ago
37.

John    

I love Mariah!!!! Can't wait to see the show!!!!!! Finally they get someone that is really talented and knows how to sing!!!!!! Bye Bye J-LO!!!!!!!

760 days ago
38.

Truth    

IT WAS EITHER FAT-RIAH OR THAT OTHER HEFFA FAT-RETHA. AT LEAST THEY CHOSE THE BITCH WHO CAN ACTUALLY FIT IN A REGULAR SEAT. LOWERS THE BUDGET. #TRUTH!!

760 days ago
39.

King Anton    

nick cannon is doing cart wheels singing ...fo tha love of $ by bone thugs

760 days ago
40.

troy    

get money b!tch

760 days ago
41.

Judy    

How ridiculous. What on earth do these people have to offer that is worth millions of dollars?

760 days ago
42.

peoplearesilly    

The more they pay the less I'll watch. It's offensive, disgusting and out of line in this economy. We, the fans, can barely get by, and you throw in our faces that one person can make even over $1 million a year? It's offensive and not that good of a show to justify that. In fact, it's gone Way DOWNHILL.

760 days ago
43.

peoplearesilly    

They won't be laughing all the way to the bank when people stop watching That salary, and past salaries, are completely offensive and out of line considering the show is not that good.

760 days ago
44.

Poule    

She should give the entire amount to research for cancer that way no taxes and it would help.

What is she gonna do with all that money really ?
It gets to a point where it is ridiculous.

760 days ago
45.

brown dynamite    

They're trying to buy ratings with Mariah, problem is nobody really cares enough about her to watch.

760 days ago
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